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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Mourne Mountains: Wildlife Population (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The community response was fantastic. They recognised that the fire personnel were working extremely hard up those mountains. The food did not come just from the Newcastle area. The people of Newcastle were absolutely fantastic, but people sent provisions for the fire personnel down from Belfast and from far beyond the immediate area. In areas with that quality heathland and those beautiful...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: UK-EU Veterinary Agreement (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Member welcomes doing things that reduce the impact of the protocol. I also welcome those things. We do things that help, for example, potatoes or other materials to come into Northern Ireland, but many other things are negatively impacted. Ultimately, we need to deal with the underlying problem: the protocol. Northern Ireland does not pose a threat to the European Union single market....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Firefighters’ Memorial Day (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for her question. What she said is entirely valid and correct. I spent time with the firefighters in the Mournes around 10 days ago. It was a devastating fire, but it was not the first. Our firefighters were out before that, have been out since and are out every year, and that does not get a media profile. The wider public do not see that because the firefighting is more...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agricultural Wages Board (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: For years, we were told, and virtually all parties said, that we needed to reduce quangos. The Agricultural Wages Board is a quango. I have not gone back on my word on reducing quangos. Such a board does not exist in any other sector. We do not have a health wages board, an education wages board or a builders' wages board. The Agricultural Wages Board was there when agriculture wages were...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Plastic Reduction Action Plan: Narrow Scope (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: There are some nine different pieces of plastic involved. It is our intention to roll things out considerably further and to increase the plastic bag levy, which we are doing currently. We recognise the damage that plastic does and the fact that much unrequired plastic has been used in the past. We therefore want to screen out single-use plastics from Departments and, indeed, beyond.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Lough Neagh (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Lough Neagh is a huge asset and, I believe, an underutilised one. I have said that from my early days of visiting Lough Neagh at Antrim or Oxford Island. I would love to see Lough Neagh more utilised. It is the largest body of fresh water in the United Kingdom. We have tremendous opportunities from the agri-environment side to reduce pollution in Lough Neagh. It has faced problems with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Rural Development Policy: Update (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: That policy has been completed and is with me at the minute, so I imagine that, over the next couple of weeks, we will be ready to move it ahead and get it launched.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Farmers' Mental Well-being (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Department's tackling rural poverty and social isolation (TRPSI) programme funds the Rural Support charity, the farm families health checks programme and the SPRING social prescribing project, which supports mental well-being in farming communities. The Rural Support charity operates a telephone helpline and a signposting service for farmers and their families. Its experienced volunteers...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Recreational Angling: Lower Bann (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: My Department has an annual programme to maintain and improve infrastructure at angling waters, including the provision of disabled angling stands and improved pathways. Some of these waters are located in the lower Bann catchment, such as those at Movanagher, Portna and the Ballymoney river etc. Plans to improve the access road and fishing stands at Movanagher canal are being considered. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Point of Entry Facilities (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will group questions 1 and 5. Under the terms of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, which embodies the Northern Ireland protocol, Northern Ireland is required to align with the European Union’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) rules, an agreement made by the UK and the EU that was not supported by any unionist party in Northern Ireland...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Centenary of Northern Ireland (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I appreciate the opportunity that the Assembly has taken to mark the 100th anniversary of Northern Ireland. It has been a period when we have had many good, positive things and many people who have excelled. Harry Ferguson was a great inventor. My dad bought a farm off him many years ago, and it is something that we really cherish. Poets such as Seamus Heaney, writers such as C. S. Lewis,...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting: Northern Ireland (29 Apr 2021)

Rebecca Pow: ...policy is a devolved matter. Many sector organisations operate at UK level, and we continue to engage with the devolved administrations on these issues. Northern Ireland Environment Minister Edwin Poots announced in 2020 the next stage of the Forests for our Future programme by launching a grant scheme to encourage and help landowners plant woodlands. This will help to meet Northern...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (26 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Members who spoke on the Bill and for the widespread support across the House for the legislation moving to the next stage. I appreciate the points that have been raised by Members. Some raised the issue of the ability of dog tracks to draw down funding of this nature, which is not available at this time. The Bill really picks up what was available under previous legislation,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Harmony Lane, North Belfast (26 Apr 2021)

William Humphrey: I thank the Minister. It is my understanding that the Lord Mayor has not yet had a response. This morning, my party colleague the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots, visited the site, along with council colleagues and local residents. The Minister agreed to convene a multi-agency round-table discussion, including representatives from the Departments that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Wildfire in the Mourne Mountains (26 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: We probably need to put our own house in order in the first instance. Where there are cross-border fires, which do happen occasionally, the level of cooperation is fantastic. That is not an issue. Where there are resources, either in the Republic of Ireland, for a fire in Northern Ireland, or, for a fire in the Republic of Ireland, in Northern Ireland, they are already available. There is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (26 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the Second Stage of the Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill [NIA Bill 20/17-22] be agreed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Conversion Therapy (20 Apr 2021)

Cara Hunter: ...from the party opposite. Sammy Wilson, DUP: "I don't care if they are ratepayers. As far as I am concerned they are perverts." Thomas Buchanan, DUP, said that homosexuality is: "an abomination." Edwin Poots, DUP: "It is unnatural in the first instance, and abominable in the second instance." Iris Robinson, DUP: "Gay people are more vile than child abusers." That last quotation is from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Food Strategy Framework (13 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: We have done considerable work on that, and we are at the point of making an appointment to take that forward along with the Economy Minister. That is being progressed and will be announced next week. Given the sad death of the Duke of Edinburgh, we do not propose to make the announcement this week.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Rural Policy Framework: Update (13 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: There has been significant stakeholder engagement and consultation in developing the draft rural policy framework. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it has had across rural areas, we have been reviewing the draft of the rural policy framework document to ensure that it reflects the ever-changing context, before going to public consultation. It has always been the intention...


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